Aggie80 (783) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow! The second IPA that I have enjoyed. The hops are strong but they are the right types and the bitterness is not overpowering. Good head and lace. Nice color to the pour. I'd actually buy this in quantity!
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the Fuller's product that I've bought, this is the weakest effort due to my expectations of the IPA style and my high expectations of the brewer. However, it is still a very drinkable beer.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden brown color. Subtle hoppy aroma, flowery, somewhat malty. Light bodied with a taste of fresh bread. Nice and soft on the palate. Not as highly hopped as an American IPA and it's not trying to be. Just a nice not too complex of a beer.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Molasses, bread pudding with syrup aroma. Dark gold in color; almost amber. Avg.-sized, off-white head. Diminishes almost fully. Some visible carbonation. Molasses and bread pudding come through in the flavor. Not as rich and flavorful as your average american IPA or English bitter (i.e. Fullers ESB). Pretty good, however; makes for a decent session beer. Relatively easy drinking brew with good flavor and complexity.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very nice IPA. Not as citrusy as I prefer but very nice. Not huge bitter but subtle presense very drinkable. Bitter Toffee flavor near end of bottle. I like it!!!
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured orange and clear, quickly diminishing head, some lacing. Malts were bready and thicker than I thought. Hops were soft, round, full and warming, especially at the sides and back. A fine, more traditional version of IPA.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Bottle. Pours with decent head when prompted but no staying power. Honey, caramel and light hops nose. Taste is same with mild bitterness. Very light body and short toffee aftertaste. Whats the deal with British IPAs? I love the Goldings in the profile, but the alcohol contents are too low and hopping more characteristic of bitter/pale ale than IPA. Their ESB has a much higher alcohol content for pete sake (5.9% vs 4.8%). Fuller dudes, IPA is supposed to have higher gravity, abv and hops than ESB. That was why the IPA beers made it in better condition to India in the first place. This beer is a great pale ale. It is not a great IPA.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty good, nice strong hoppy flavor, albeit not quite enough for ipa, imo
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Body the color of brass, a tight white head, and moderate carbonation. Aroma of caramel, flowers, and some funky veggies. A full-flavored ale with light malt sweetness and medium bitterness. Flowery, bitter aftertaste. This beer gives you instant bad breath.
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper in color, very liitle head. Malt aroma and flavor. medium body. malt characteristics seem a little overwhelming to the mild bitter and short finish.